Every December my purpose is to find a place in the Philippines that is away from the tourist traps, isolated and QUIET. Batanes and Fundacion Pacita met all my requirements. Upon my arrival I was greeted very cordially by the staff. As I had arrived in the morning, I was escorted straight to the dining area and served a sumptuous breakfast of a choice of breads, jams and preserves with fresh fruit. I asked for hot chocolate and was pleasantly surprised that they had it available. My breakfast table became MY table for the 3 days I spent there. It had a glorious view of the ocean. My room led off from the dining room (Terrace room). The bed was super comfortable. Huge wall windows provided me with stunning views of the ocean on one side and the hills on the other side. The private terrace had the perfect patio furniture for lounging outside in the fresh air. I often took a nap on the my private terrace after a day's hiking. There was also a small sitting area in the terrace room where I drank my afternoon and after-dinner coffee. The bathroom is small, but unique with shells placed on a shelf in the huge shower stall. Warm water was readily available - just what I wanted after hiking the hills and returning when the winds turned cool.
One must climb the steps down to the 'beach'. I've never experienced anything like it before - a beach of wave-smoothed stones. Best to go when it is low tide to explore. I took some of my best photos there.
I skipped lunch since I was hiking, but I had dinner at Fundacion. Since I was there on Christmas Day 2010, I was surprised, and quite happy, at how low-key it was. No festivities and not really a special menu for the dinner. The meals varied. After my first breakfast, the following breakfast meals were disappointing as the fresh breads were replaced by slices of typical 'store bought' bread. I enjoyed the meals I had for dinner in the evenings. Although limited, the chef made a real attempt at creating something to delight the palate.
The lounge area has a large TV and a selection of DVDs. I did not use this as I had my Kindle and was happy to read on the terrace or in my room in the evenings. I couldn't get cellphone coverage (Globe) at Fundacion Pacita, but as soon as I wandered about 100m away I got full bars.
The artwork on display is beautiful and one must visit their gallery of local art and the beautiful garden. It's a feast for the eye.
Fundacion Pacita is quite pricey, but absolutely worth every peso. I'm sure that it is a perfect place for honeymooners who just want time to themselves.
- Also Known As:
- Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Hotel Basco
- Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge Philippines